How To Move A Piano

As I posted last week, hubby and I were fortunate enough to obtain a free piano.  To move said piano, you will need:

  • 1 piano dolly
  • 1 truck
  • 1 trailer with ramp
  • a dozen bungee cords
  • 1 climber’s rope
  • 4 ratchet straps
  • 2 big strong male friends of spouse who can be bribed with beer and pizza
  • 2 old quilts for padding
  • 2 large tarps
  • 1 come along
  • 3 8′ 2x4s
  • 1 6′ 4×4
  • assorted screws
  • heavy duty chain
  • scrap carpet
  • Crisco


  1. Carefully place the piano on the dolly.
  2. Maneuver it onto the trailer.
  3. Wrap in blankets and tarps to protect from rain.  Secure those blankets with bungees and ropes.
  4. Secure piano with ratchet straps to trailer.
  5. Drive home.
  6. Argue for over an hour about the best way to get piano up short flight of 6 steps because only your spouse thinks they can actually carry it in.
  7. Make a ramp of a pair of 2x4s and build a brace for the inside of the hall door frame from the remaining 2×4 and 4×4.
  8. Rig system of chain, tie straps, and come along from hall out front door and down stairs to piano.
  9. Unsuccessfully try sliding piano up the ramp using scrap carpet.
  10. Rob the kitchen of Crisco and grease the rails.
  11. Carefully lift the lower end of the piano as someone operates the come along until the piano is fully on the rail.
  12. Get ann0yed with waiting on the come along and put your back into it and shove it up as if it was the offensive line (that was hubby’s answer and it was much more effective).
  13. Carefully lift the piano up over the threshold and onto the dolly.
  14. Push it down the hall.
  15. Remove the dolly.
  16. Slide the piano into place.
  17. Feed your hungry man helpers with pizza and beer.

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